Strikes in France March 6th-8th, 2023 / Shipping Updates 

France – Strikes for Dockworkers and Rail 

French dockworkers have announced a strike for next week, March 7th – 8th,  2023 and there is a possibility the strike could be extended.

SCNF / Rail service will also be on strike March 6th – 8th, 2023.  

UK Rail Strikes for March

The UK Rail network (RMT union) has announced further national strikes after rejecting offers from train operators and network rail last week. 

Strike action is planned March 16th, 2023 and train staff will walk out on March 18th, March 30th and April 1, 2023. 

New Zealand Delays

Scheduled services from both North and South Islands have been impacted or delayed this year due to weather events.  The South Island faced significant delays after heavy flooding caused major highway damage between Nelson and Blenheim. 

Last month the North Island was hit by Cyclone Gabrielle and cleanup and service / power restoration has also impacted wineries, especially in Hawke’s Bay. 

Plan for continued transport and service delays from this region. 

Update on USA Port Negotiations  

US West Coast port negotiations are still ongoing, but there are few details to share as the talks are not public.  In a monthly press briefing, LA Port Director Gene Seroka said while a contract may not get signed in February or March, to expect some real progress this spring.

Meanwhile US East Coast port workers have begun early contract talks.  The contract covering operations from ports from Maine to Texas expires in 2024.